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Near Miss of the Day 874: Aggressively honking van driver squeezes cyclist into the shrubs while passenger shouts "move over"

"This kind of aggression is a barrier to so many women wanting to ride and these drivers need sticking on by the police"...

"Move over", but where? While the Near Miss of the Day series has seen an abundance of motorists feeling entitled to all of the road — even if there's barely enough space to overtake if it were a cyclist drawn on a sheet of paper and floating in the wind — the passenger of this latest instalment felt the need to spell it out for the cyclist.

Sally, a mother of two from Kent who works in PR for a charity, was riding between Sittingbourne and Maidstone — her 15 mile one-way regular commute on Thursday morning, when the van driver barged their way through, beeping and honking aggressively on Swanton Street.

She told road.cc: "I was riding a little out to avoid broken road but was still not in the primary position. I heard the van revving and beeping. As they passed passenger shouts aggressively to move over.

"I'm a confident rider and woman and this behaviour I'm used to and whilst I don't accept it - it happens and I refuse to be bullied. But this kind of aggression is a barrier to so many women wanting to ride and these drivers need sticking on by the police."

"To be fair after he shouted at me I did tell him to go f*** himself so I'm not perfect but I did nothing to make them behave like that in the first place though simply I was in their way.

"I regularly share posts and advocate for road safety. I'm concerned about Kent Police's lack of interest in cycling safety, they do not watch the footage of incidents reported. The last 4 close passes reported did not yield any kind of response from the force. I've complained to the crime commissioner who did not reply to my most recent email."

When asked about the police force's response, Sally was scathing in her critique, saying: "In short unless I'm killed or injured, they don't care."

Kent Police's response to her reporting of the incident, as shared by Sally with road.cc reads:

As you are aware, Kent Police receive a significant number of allegations of bad driving both via our website and through calls made to our control room every day. Currently members of the public are not able to submit video footage at the time of the initial report, but instead they submit written reports, which are subject to an initial triage review by a dedicated team. Upon triaging the report the reviewing officer will request the reporter provides a copy of the footage only on occasions where they are satisfied that it is proportionate to do so, this decision is based on the description of the evidence available in the initial report, as well as the nature and severity of the potential offence.

The police then mention its Digital Asset Management (DAMS) portal for reporting footage, but Sally said that she has never once been invited to to submit her footage.

Sally, who has worked as a press officer for the Kent Police for 21 years, said that this was standard and that "road safety is not a priority, nor will it ever be".

She added: "I've written to the crime commissioner and complained several times but they ignore me. They just file it at source at you don't hear from them."

"They can't stop people stabbing and robbing each other, their pitifully underfunded and they don't have the resources to care. Not their fault it's our government."

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via Twitter or the road.cc Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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BadgerBeaver | 5 months ago
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RUDD, Jay Aaron

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20-22, Wenlock Road, London, England, N1 7GU

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June 1996

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kil0ran | 5 months ago
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Civil case for damages against the firm involved?

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eburtthebike | 5 months ago
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Surely, now that Suella Harridan has decreed that the police must investigate every crime, all of these close passes and dangerous driving incidents will result in appropriate action?

What do you mean, the police don't have the resources?  Suella has spoken!

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HKR | 5 months ago
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I'm also in Kent and have just reported an incident like this.  Online reporting tool that basically is a dead end.  

Nextdoor in Sussex, I reported an incident last year and provided video (after complaining to the Police and Crime Commissioner there) - a police officer emailed and then the driver received a talking to.

In my incident yesterday, that I'll report today, a driver decided to overtake me going uphill on a blind bend.   When he saw a car coming quickly downhill on the other side of the road, he swerved in and nearly hit me.   At a junction afterwards, I said to him that a blind bend is not a great place to overtake.  He said I should have been riding near the curb (I was about a third of the lane out) as presumably he could have squeezed past.   I said that's not a Highway Code requirement and he should read the Highway Code to which he then said my understanding of the Highway Code is wrong.   I only caught up with him as he had aggressively driven up to a car coming past a line of parked cars in a pinch point forcing it to reverse slowly past four cars.   Some people shouldn't be on the road.

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Fignon's ghost | 5 months ago
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Kent police. Shame on YOU.

Your prehistoric methods will soon catch up on you. Act now!

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wtjs replied to Fignon's ghost | 5 months ago
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Kent police.Your prehistoric methods will soon catch up on you

Except they won't. The police have got it made, as they restrict access by misusing 'GDPR' to the information that shows they didn't actually do anything about anything, even the offences where they claimed they were taking action. Lying is a major aspect of the police modus operandi

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wtjs | 5 months ago
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The last 4 close passes reported did not yield any kind of response from the force. I've complained to the crime commissioner who did not reply to my most recent email

I've written to the crime commissioner and complained several times but they ignore me

Looks like Kent Police has been on the Lancashire Constabulary course, so you can look forward to Kent copying and moving to completely ignoring all reports from cyclists! This is all exactly the same as here. Below is a similar case, but this driver was definitely drugged-up, shouting and sounding the horn repeatedly, and was holding a mobile phone in his right hand while driving and it displayed the breasts of a naked woman. No response at all from The Filth

https://upride.cc/incident/mj55hro_berlingo_mobiledruguse/

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mattw | 5 months ago
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Followed this case.

That's a good writeup by the victim and road.cc .

It is now for Kent Police to get off their butt.

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Oldfatgit | 5 months ago
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That is *not* a lorry.
The driver is *not* a lorry driver.

That is a flat bed/tipper VAN and you can be any c*nt with a licence to drive one.

As so clearly demonstrated here.

Roar.cc - stop calling vans lorries.
Please.

As for Kent Police's reporting system... ludicrous ... especially given the 14 day limit.

I hope written reports submitted include that the rider was scared, in fear for their lives, and later on had the shakes.

Do people reporting other crimes have to go through the same hurdles:
"Sorry sir, you cant show video of your stabbing until you've written a 10,000 word dissertation. Try not to bleed on it *too* much."

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Off the back replied to Oldfatgit | 5 months ago
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So, after viewing the footage, you're first response is about the semantics of the type of vehicle. 
 

wotaknobhead

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Hirsute replied to Off the back | 5 months ago
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They have an extensive knowledge of hgvs.
They addressed the police deficiencies in the second half of their post.
Your 'conclusion,' is uncalled for.

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Oldfatgit replied to Off the back | 5 months ago
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Accurate reporting is important.

To drive a lorry, you need to have passed an additional driving test, which means that the standard of driving required is significantly higher.

To drive a van, you only need a standard Category B driving licence, and just be another cock on the road.

It may be a tad subtle to you, but it matters.

As for the subject of the  video ... if you open the curtains of indignation from your eyes and read the post, it is addressed.

And it's in that order, because - unlike Kent Police's reporting system, Road.cc can do something about it.

Now, go get a towel and dry your eyes.

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Hirsute replied to Oldfatgit | 5 months ago
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DOOR MIRROR

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Oldfatgit replied to Hirsute | 5 months ago
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Hirsute wrote:

DOOR MIRROR

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giff77 replied to Oldfatgit | 5 months ago
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Oldfatgit wrote:

As for Kent Police's reporting system... ludicrous ... especially given the 14 day limit."

Ha. No force can hold a candle to the convoluted process required by Polis Scotland especially  K Division. 

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Oldfatgit replied to giff77 | 5 months ago
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Aye ... that and the good old excuse of 
"The driver can't remember the incident"
Despite high quality video (and in this particular case, a plastic bottle having been thrown from their car. Which was the only car present and the only place the bottle could have come from).
 

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Safety replied to giff77 | 5 months ago
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giff77 wrote:
Oldfatgit wrote:

As for Kent Police's reporting system... ludicrous ... especially given the 14 day limit."

Ha. No force can hold a candle to the convoluted process required by Polis Scotland especially  K Division. 

I dream of the day Polis Scotland raise themselves to the dizzy heights of ludicrous.

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brooksby | 5 months ago
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Dear Kent Police - it's not an allegation of bad driving.  It's on video, and is demonstrably bad driving.  Now it's just up to you to send off the FPN or NIP...

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Hirsute | 5 months ago
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"We don't want to know"
"Lancs police are our best mates"

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wtjs replied to Hirsute | 5 months ago
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"Lancs police are our best mates"

Sorry, missed that right at the beginning!

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